Local tourist information Center:
Capital Information Centre
90 Wellington Street (across Parliament Hill)
Summertime: Daily: 8.30AM - 9PM
Wintertime: Daily: 8.30AM - 5PM
Useful links for Ottawa:
Parliament Hill webcam
Ottawa traffic cameras or More traffic webcams
Ottawa Hotel maps
Go to the Parliament...
Go to the Parliament Buildings! Go for a boat ride down the Rideau Canal. Go to the Market downtown, and the Rideau Centre, very pretty in the summer. Go hiking in the Gatineau Hills, this is a must! Many tourists miss this, and it is amazing how great it is, especially Mackenzie King Estate, and the tea room there, also, Big Bear Mountain Hike. My first kiss!
Ottawa is approx 100 miles...
Ottawa is approx 100 miles from my home town location north west of the City of Ottawa is the community of Pembroke,located in the heart of the Ottawa Valley on the banks of the Ottawa River. The most visual site in Ottawa is the Parliment Buildings a must for any visitor. Ottawa is the closest major point to my home located in the Ottawa Valley in the City of Pembroke, Home is on the banks of the mighty Ottawa River.The Ottawa Valley is one of Canada's most sort after tourist locations.
Here's a fun Ottawa survey I...
Here's a fun Ottawa survey I found somewhere, that gives some of the locals' views of where to go and what to do in the area:
The people's view of Ottawa's top attractions
By Michael Prentice
Which Ottawa sights do you show off to your visitors? And which of Ottawa's attractions do visitors usually like best? Michael Prentice asks local residents. Here are their responses:
CHERYL McBAIN, manager of the Central Canada Exhibition.
* Her choice: 'A drive along the Rideau Canal and a sightseeing tour that includes Parliament Hill, the National Gallery and the homes of Rockcliffe. For eating out, I like to go with visitors to brunch at the Chateau Laurier or dinner at Daly's in the Westin Hotel or the Cafe at the NAC.'
Favourites with visitors: 'The cleanliness and the greenspace.'
FANNY BANGI, student at University of Ottawa.
* Her choice: 'I like to take visitors on a tour boat on the Ottawa River.'
Favourites with visitors: 'Visitors from overseas love to see the snow, and they find the people warm and kind.'
BRUCE FIRESTONE, who brought back the Ottawa Senators after the capital had been without top-level hockey for almost 60 years.
* His choice: 'My No. 1 pick is a visit to the Corel Centre, usually for a Senators game.'
Favourites with visitors: While adults opt for a NHL game, the favourite with children is the snow-and-ice playground in Jacques Cartier Park during Winterlude. In summertime, it's a visit to a nearby lake.
MERLE NICHOLDS, mayor of Kanata.
* Her choice: 'We have an affinity with water. We love to drive visitors along the Ottawa River Parkway and the Rideau Canal, and then go for a walk by the canal, winter or summer. Then we go for a coffee or a BeaverTail.'
Favourites with visitors: 'They are absolutely amazed at the greenspace and how beautiful the capital is. The view of the Museum of Civilization across the Ottawa River blows them away.'
MICHEL GAUTHIER, executive director of the Canadian Tulip Festival.
* His choice: 'A tour of Parliament Hill and a browse in the Byward Market. I like the atmosphere in the Market. We usually sit and eat or drink something, outside or inside, depending on the weather.'
Favourites with visitors: 'They like the Hill because they can tell people back home that they were there. They like the Market because it gives them a different picture of Ottawa, and they find real people there.'
VIKI PRYSTAWSKI, whose husband, Walter, is leader of the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
* Her choice: 'I like to take visitors to see the latest exhibit and the permanent collection at the National Gallery of Canada. For small children, the Canadian Museum of Civilization children's museum is absolutely delightful. In the evening, we like to go with our adult guests to a show at the NAC or the Great Canadian Theatre Company.'
Favourites with visitors: 'The beauty of the city, the trees, the water, the fact that in 20 minutes you can be in the country.'
WOLFGANG SPADINGER, minister-counsellor, Austrian embassy.
* His choice: Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal, the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Gatineau Park.
Favourites with visitors: 'The combination of city and nature. There is so much greenspace. Ottawa is much less crowded than other cities. There is such a large variety of possibilities for walking and enjoying the outdoors.'
LEN TROMBLEY, retired police officer.
* His choice: Parliament Hill, Gatineau Park, the imposing residences on Sussex Drive.
Favorites with visitors: 'Coming to Ottawa for Canada Day and being part of all the activities.'
Canadian National Arts Center
Take in a show at the Canadian National Arts Center. Once, when we were there, we went to a lovely Bel Canto Café upstairs and enjoyed some delightful operatic entertainment while enjoying a light midnight supper.